Romanian Performing Arts. Perspectives 2015-2016

This publication brings together a range of different points of view which together paint a comprehensive - albeit not exhaustive - picture of the performing arts in Romania in recent years. Using both words and images, we cover the most important trends in terms of cultural policy and artistic themes, while also providing an account of the ideas that have circulated and continue to circulate in the field, of landmark performances and the venues where they were staged, as well as of the Romanian actors, directors and writers who enjoyed most success among the public and critics.

We hope this publication will be useful to our readers and our international partners - theatre producers, selectors and curators of performing arts festivals, theatre critics and cultural journalists.

In it we have sought to present a balanced view, one not weighed down by an excess of historical data or academic analysis, and with an emphasis placed on information and critical reviews drawn up in line with good journalistic practice. Our intention was therefore to create a tool for the sharing of cultural information and lay the foundations for future debate and individual research projects - all with the ultimate aim of forging a better link between the Romanian performing arts and international cultural markets. The selection of the content in these pages highlights a diversity of subject matter and organisational structure, as well as of the types of public at which the productions in question were aimed. It features repertory theatre, independent projects and artists, artistic experiments and commercial theatre.

As a national cultural institute, our aim is to promote the Romanian performing arts beyond the country's borders, thereby enhancing the presence of Romania's leading productions and artists on foreign cultural markets (dedicated programmes, festivals, international theatre fairs, etc.) as well as on the international institutional scene, while at the same time maintaining existing relations with foreign cultural partners and identifying new such partners.

We would like to thank all of our contributors for providing us with new material and allowing us to republish existing articles, as well as all of the theatres, artists, artistic consultants, literary secretaries and PR specialists for their generosity in providing us with access to images of the performances described in these pages - which we hope will act as an agreeable interface between the world of the Romanian performing arts and the international cultural scene.



Irina Ionescu Intro

Alice Georgescu An Alternative View of Alternative Theatre

Cristina Rusiecki The Independents

Iulia Popovici Stage Politics in Contemporary Romanian Theatre

Oana Stoica In Search of Identity Trends in Contemporary Theatre in Romania

Monica Andronescu Independent Theatre in Bucharest Entertainment beats Experiment

Cristina Modreanu The Theatre of the New Generations Cracks in the Pedestal of the Statue

Ludmila Patlanjoglu Silviu Purcărete and the Apocalypse of Us

Ludmila Patlanjoglu Andrei Șerban's Triumph and the Power of the Performing Arts

Ludmila Patlanjoglu "The Crisis Syndrome" and Dr. Chekhov--A Triptych by Andrei Șerban

Octavian Saiu Towards a Rich Theatre: A Case Study in the Reception of Eugene Ionesco on the Romanian Stage

Gina Șerbănescu The History of Dance or the Dance of History? 

The 2015 National Theatre Festival: Historical Perspectives and New Horizons

Sibiu International Theatre Festival